New York’s Lesbian Bars Are Disappearing: Here’s Why Their Survival Matters

Brooklyn-Based-logoJerre Kalbas is a lifelong New Yorker and a ninety-seven-year-old lesbian. When I tell her that there are only four remaining lesbian bars in New York, she drops her rice cake. “Four?” she asks. “That’s terrible. When I was growing up, there were so many.” I feel bad telling Jerre this news. I worry that my generation disappoints her. I want her to finish her rice cake. Continue reading

How To Tell A Gay Joke

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It’s not clear what drove people to see The Wedding Ringer this weekend, besides a sincere lack of recreational opportunity and a budding interest in masochism. The film, which The AV Club called a “100-minute gay joke masquerading as a buddy comedy,” and which my grandma labeled, “very good,” is a story grounded in sexual panic and gay hysteria  Continue reading